{film} her

The discordant pulse of an alert opens the Spike Jonze’s Her (2013), a film bout a lonely middle-aged man who falls in love with his new operating system. If this sounds rather pathetic, it is, at first blush, meant to. Jonze plays on cultural expectations as we are first introduced to Theodore Thwomble (Joaquin Phoenix), who…

{film} ginger and rosa

Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) have been best friends since their birth in the year 1945.  As the opening footage reminds us, this is the year the bomb was dropped in Hiroshima (& Nagasaki). The pair are now 17 in 1962 London and looking to declare their independence from their mothers once more.  This…

{film} arachnophobic

If Jake Gyllenhaal is starring in a film, we’ll watch it at least once. The debate with Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy (2013) is whether we would sit through it a second time. An indie-type film running at a slow-moving 90 minutes, Enemy benefits from a second viewing. The building winding narrative looks to startle and smile…

{film} upstream color..

I am posting about Upstream Color (Shane Carruth) twice: one without spoilers and one with. This post is spoiler-free! : the other is here. Plenty hear “indie film” and flee, and not without good reason. Some really do come across as indecipherable, and a film is constructed with a particular audience in mind. I see…

{film} upstream color*

I am posting about Upstream Color (Shane Carruth) twice: one without spoilers and one with. This post has spoilers! : the other is here. Plenty hear “indie film” and flee, and not without good reason. Some really do come across as indecipherable, and a film is constructed with a particular audience in mind. I see…

{film} the descendants

I didn’t know much if anything as to what The Descendants (2011) was supposed to be about when it was released end of last year. I didn’t connect the director Alexander Payne with Sideways (2004) or About Schmidt (2002), etc. I thought it was a mainstream Hollywood film wrought with conflict and humor that would ultimately…

[film] Hesher

Oh, the joys of reviewing a film you would only recommend to a select few. Shall I lead with who those few are, or aren’t? Those who like a good Indie-flick where you have to work as much to define the narrative and characters as the skilled actors do. And fans of Joseph Gordon-Levitt will…

TiMER

What if you could be signaled the very minute you made eye contact with your soul mate for the first time—not in a wholly biological way, that is. What if there was technology, a timer, that could be implanted into your wrist that counts down the days : hours : minutes : seconds until the…